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Shades of 1992 for Pakistan ahead of the 2022 T20 World Cup final

There are many similarities between the unlikely run in the T20 World Cup final and Imran Khan’s inspiration in 1992, when Pakistan beat England at the MCG to win its first ODI World Cup title.

There are many similarities between the unlikely run in the T20 World Cup final and Imran Khan’s inspiration in 1992, when Pakistan beat England at the MCG to win its first ODI World Cup title.

Pakistan are back where the myth of the cornered tigers was forged 30 years ago, and England are once again the last opponent.

There are many parallels between the improbable run to the Twenty20 World Cup final and Imran Khan’s inspired 1992, when Pakistan defeated England at the Melbourne Cricket Ground to claim the first World Cup title in the 50-over format.

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There are also differences, of course. For starters, skipper Babar Azam is not 39 years old.

Khan was at that age, and in the twilight of his career, when he described his team as cornered tigers and went on to lead them to a triumphant win over England in the final.

Babar is 28, but he can match Khan’s feat at the MCG on Sunday when his team meets hot favorites England again — this time in a cricket format that didn’t exist in the 90s.

For some, it’s hard to understand how the stars aligned for Babar and Khan in Australia three decades apart.

Similar paths for Babar Azam, Imran Khan

For example, both Babar and Khan lost their opening round games at the MCG; They were bested by arch-rivals India in 1992 and 2022. Pakistan went on to win their last three games before the semifinals on both occasions, but both Babar and Khan had to bank heavily on the results of the other games. to arrive. the knockout stage on the last day of the group stage.

Pakistan’s Babar Azam strikes during the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Semi Final match between New Zealand and Pakistan at the Sydney Cricket Ground on November 09, 2022 | Image Credit: Getty Images

New Zealand were the opponents in both semifinals, with the Kiwis batting first both times. And more importantly, England beat top-ranked India by 10 wickets in the second semifinal on Thursday so Pakistan could tick another box in the retelling of the story.

“Sensational performance,” Pakistan team mentor Matthew Hayden, a former Australia opener, told Babar and his teammates in the locker room after Wednesday’s seven-wicket semifinal win over New Zealand at the Sydney Cricket Ground. “It’s just an extraordinary effort.”

Significance of the 1992 World Cup win

Hayden told a news conference on Friday that the 1992 World Cup was important for Pakistan and the game around the world because it “was the emergence of another superpower under one of the most influential cricketers of all time. .”

“Imran Khan is doing great things. Celebrating democracy is an important part of life and he is doing that like he was the 92 World Cup champion. So, yes, it is important for sure.

Babar’s belief in his planning and reliance on his battles against his opponents became the key to victory. He is not one to take cues from what former Pakistan cricketers suggest on dozens of private television channels dedicated to his team. These former cricketers were buoyant after the team lost to India and then Zimbabwe in back-to-back defeats in the Super 12 that put the team in a tight spot in Group 2.

Pakistan’s 1992 World Cup-winning fast bowler Aqib Javed was among those who advised Babar to drop down the order in the semifinals as he had scored just 39 runs in five group games.

Instead, Babar took to the practice nets for more than an hour on the eve of the knockout game against New Zealand while his teammates preferred to rest in their hotel. He then made a half-century that eased Pakistan to victory in the semifinals.

Dynamic side

Babar’s opening partner Mohammad Rizwan’s weakness on the off-side was also the talk of the Pakistani media, but he also posted a half-century. They combined for a ninth century opening stand — the most by any opening pair in the world in T20s.

The battery of four pacers was another asset for Babar, who miscalculated just once in the tournament when he preferred to keep his fourth fast bowler Mohammad Wasim on the bench.

But he was a quick learner and made sure Wasim played in every game thereafter to supplement Shaheen Shah Afridi, Haris Rauf and Naseem Shah.

However, if there was one player who changed Pakistan’s fortunes, it was “Little Dynamo” Mohammad Haris, who had never played in Australia’s batting conditions. After both Haider Ali and Asif Ali struggled for form in the early group games, Haris did what a young Inzamam did for Imran Khan in 1992.

With only one T20 international experience against England in September, Haris first smashed an 11-ball 28 against South Africa before playing crucial cameos of 31 and 30 against Bangladesh and New Zealand.

Needing 19 off the last 15 balls for victory in the semifinal, Haris sealed the game by smashing New Zealand’s express fast bowler Lockie Ferguson for four and six in a row. And that made Hayden happy.

“Harry, it’s a little tricky situation, but that’s another injection of great energy, great enthusiasm,” Hayden said. “That was a complete performance and I think the world will see more of that.”

Last week, Khan, who was ousted as Pakistan’s Prime Minister earlier this year, was wounded in the leg in a gunman’s attempt on his life during a protest march in the country’s capital to demand early elections. Although he is staying out of the public eye while he recovers, he took time to acknowledge the national team’s run to the final:

The question remains, can Babar keep his stars aligned with Khan for one more day?

“Our efforts, our teamwork and our belief in each other meant that we actually decided to go because that’s what it takes to win a championship,” Hayden said.

Sovan Maity

Sovan Maity is born and brought up in Kolkata, West Bengal. He is Content Writer in World, Entertainment and Sports. He has experience in digital Platforms from 2+ years. He has obtained the degree of Bachelor of Journalism and Mass Communication from Amity University Kolkata . official email :- digitalsovanmaity12@brnews.co.in, Author, Content Moderator and Fact Checker at BrNews. Our enthusiasm for writing never stops.

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